Our top 5 Android and iOS apps of the week – NextPit International | Hot Mobile Press

Every week we try to offer you the best possible apps that aren’t data traps or microtransaction nests. In addition to the editorial finds, we also add the apps found by the NextPit community and shared on our forum.

From mobile games to productivity apps, here are NextPit’s five free and paid Android/iOS apps this week. We publish this selection every week, you can also check last week’s top 5 apps.


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GoneMAD (Android)

Apparently, this local music player for Android is quite famous, but I just discovered it. The application is paid, but you can download a trial version to try it for free for 14 days without creating an account or providing payment details.

GoneMAD can scan your storage to detect and add your songs. And you can change the scan path depending on the folder where you save your music. You can then customize any of your songs, rename them, add an artist name, album name, cover art, etc. You can create albums, playlists and lists.

The player applies a dynamic theme according to the album cover of the song you’re listening to. It supports many audio formats: aac (mp4/m4a/m4b), mp3, ogg, flac, opus, tta, ape, wv, mpc, alac, wav, wma, adts and 3gp. GoneMAD is compatible with Chromecast and Android Auto. The app also has an equalizer with two to ten bands, lots of volume presets, your headphones, and even a timer to stop the music when you fall asleep.

In short, the app is very complete, the interface is rather ergonomic, although it is very well equipped with several very nice widgets. The developer states that it does not collect or transmit any personal data.

  • Price: $3.99 (14 days free trial) / Advertising: no / In App Purchases: no / Account: not required.

The player searches your storage to find your tracks and you can change the search path depending on the folder where you save your tracks / © NextPit

Counter (Android)

This application is as simple as the name suggests. It’s a counter with no ads, no in-app purchases (except a button to donate to the developer, nothing mandatory), no data collection, and most importantly, no fuss.

One plus button, one minus button, one to reset the counter, that’s it. The developer insists on the neomorphic design of the user interface and is visually refreshing at all costs in the age of material design. The counter is clearly visible and the “+” and “-” buttons are big enough to spam the count without missing it.

I literally had the time of my life blocking the plus button for five minutes to see if it had a limit number and stopped at 1304 after questioning my life choices. The developer doesn’t indicate if the counter has a limit, maybe it’s set to 1305, I’ll let you test it.

  • Price: $5.99 (14 days free trial) / Advertising: no / In App Purchases: no / Account: not necessary.
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The developer does not indicate whether the counter has a limit / © NextPit

FKeyboard (Android)

This alternative keyboard for Android has the particularity that every time you tap on a letter, animations are launched that scroll up the letter in question, a bit like champagne bubbles.

The whole thing reminds me a bit of the scene in the movie Very Bad Trip where Allan turns into Rain Man in the casino and a whole bunch of math formulas pop up on the screen to illustrate his card counting.

I personally don’t notice the animations visually enough. You can hardly see the letters floating around, especially in night mode. You can choose from three different themes, all major Indo-European and Anglo-Saxon are supported. There are some in-app purchases, but they don’t limit user experience.

Android will show you a warning when you install this keyboard and give the necessary permissions. Google informs you that the app can collect the data you write and that it can be dangerous. I don’t know if this warning is triggered for all alternative keyboards. In any case, a quick scan on exodus-privacy shows that the app does not contain any trackers. The developer states that it does not collect or transmit any personal data.

  • Price: free / Advertising: no / In App Purchases: Yes ($0.99 to $9.99 per item) / Account: not necessary.
Captures the decran application FKeyboard

For me personally, the animations are not visual enough / © NextPit

Potable (Android)

This app offers DIY cocktail recipes. You can choose from a selection of ready-made recipes and check the correct dosage (metric and imperial system). You can also adapt the recipes to the number of glasses you plan to serve.

The application can also suggest recipes based on ingredients that you have added yourself. Here’s how you can turn what’s lying around in your closet into a little pick-me-up you didn’t know existed. On the other hand, Drinkable didn’t offer me Biercola, a world-famous recipe that mixes beer and Coca-Cola. But I forgive him this insult.

The user interface is minimalistic but clear and readable. The application does not contain any in-app purchases or advertising and the developer claims not to collect any personal data.

  • Price: free / Advertising: no / In App Purchases: no / Account: not required.
Captures d ecran application Drinkable

The application suggests recipes based on what you have left in your closet. / © NextPit

Before Your Eyes (Android & iOS)

I hesitated to include this game because it is a Netflix title and therefore you need a subscription to the SVOD service to play it. But I think the concept is really beautiful and original, so I’ll let you guys tease me in the comments against the dictates of the web giants I’m supposedly paid by.

Before Your Eyes is a narrative game whose gameplay is based on the blink of your eyes. You are in a subjective view and you can move your “gaze” by scrolling your finger across the screen. But to interact with the environment or advance the story, you literally have to blink.

It’s the same principle as a point and click game, except you point your fingers and click your eyes. The game uses your selfie camera to determine if you’re blinking or not. You must calibrate the application before starting a game so that it only records intentional blinks.

I tried it out very quickly and found it quite funny. Some reviews on the Play Store complain that the blink detection is too sensitive. But I personally didn’t have any problems during my very short gaming experience. The graphics aren’t transcendent, but the visual style has its charms.

You play as a soul in the afterlife who sees his life flash before his eyes. The story is multiple choice, so you control the outcome and don’t blink at the wrong moment.

  • Price: free (but requires an overpriced Netflix subscription) / Advertising: no / In App Purchases: no / Account: necessary.

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